beauty, nature photography, Ocean, sky, travel

Let’s attempt to finish the Boothbay Harbor visit and then move south toward home…

Brown’s Wharf Inn & Marina Boothbay Harbor, ME

I think I ended with the Damariscotta River Cruise…after the cruise I went to the Footbridge in town…I didn’t even know Boothbay Harbor had a Footbridge but it is lovely! And watching the young lady do head stands on her paddle board…priceless!  As watching the kids enjoying a jump off the bridge! 

After checking out the Footbridge I headed back to the hotel but before going in I decided to walk over to the closest restaurant, The Whale’s Tale…one of several the hotel had recommended when I checked in. The food was decent, only one other customer when I first got there but service was a tad on the slow side and the waiter had little to no personality. I wasn’t there to become friends with him but I attempted to talk to him a few times in the hour plus I was there but he wasn’t having it. A couple that came in shortly before I left specifically asked for a table that was assigned to him and when he came out they started talking to him about their visit the night before and he barely acknowledged them. I think he needs a new job! It was though a lovely spot for dinner and close to the hotel.

After dinner, I went back to the hotel, killed some time doing a few things and then headed down to the deck to see if there was a view of sunset…I was in sunset heaven! A really long deck, lots of tables, chairs, rockers and the marina with a few super yachts from all over…all right there with the perfect sunset sky…plenty of clouds!

Next up…Sunrise the next morning! It is rare that I am up and in a good spot to catch a sunrise…but I happened to wake up and the curtains were open just enough to see sunrise was starting. I hopped out of bed and grabbed my phone, went out on the balcony and grabbed a couple shots then hopped back into bed. But, I could not stay…I knew there were beautiful things going on out there and I could here the fishing boats getting ready to go out. I threw some clothes on, grabbed the camera and the phone and went back on the deck!

Today’s adventure is Cap’n Fish’s Audubon Puffin Adventure and Scenic Cruise along the Kennebec River. I just checked their website because I couldn’t remember the length of the cruise and it is no longer available since the Puffins have left the northeast and this particular cruise isn’t available…though they have many others. I believe it was 2.5 hours…but maybe 2? I am dividing the pictures into scenic/Eastern Egg Island, lighthouses and birds…oh, and an Ocean Sunfish we came upon…and a few seals. It was a very exciting day!

I remember that one of them is Pemaquid but the names of the other 2 escape me! 😦

Then of course there is the Ocean Sunfish…a cool creature that I had never seen before and the Captain said it was a rare sighting. The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the world. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. It is a heavy, bony fish and the Captain was very careful when circling it so it did not go over it for fear of breaking bones! It swims on its side so you don’t see the dorsal fin when it swims, you see the pectoral fins.

The final and expected yet awesome part of the cruise are the puffins…and other birds. Oh…and the seal! A few eagles seen during the trip are included.

After completing this cruise, I headed back to the hotel and enjoyed a dinner I had bought at the store. Sat on the balcony for a bit and enjoyed the birds and quiet. Heading out tomorrow…going down to York…getting closer to heading home. Two nights in York and though I had three things on my list of things to see I surrendered to the heat and decided to just veg for my time in York. I did visit a few stops though on the way down…

First stop on the way down to York was at Squirrel Point Light and the Phippsburg/Arrowsic area…lovely! Though a lot of the “flowers” are actually weeds, they were pretty to me!

I attempted to find another lighthouse in this area I finally realized that the only access to it was a hike in the woods. Since it was 90 degrees I decided I didn’t need to see it that badly and I had no idea how long that hike would be! Moving on to the next spot…I went to visit the Fort Popham State Historic Site in Phippsburg. Great spot that I had never heard about before and it had a beach right next to it. In fact, when I was driving there there was a report about a white shark spotted in the area and they were warning people about this beach and another in the area…not to stay out of the water but to make sure not to go in further than your knees. I’m sorry…if there is any kind of shark in the area I am staying out of the water!

Anyway, back to the Fort…this is a very cool place. If you like a bit of local history, like to explore or your kids like to explore this is the place to come. And…you can enjoy some scenery and beach at the same time. Not a huge parking area but plenty on the day I was there. It  is a Civil War-era coastal defense fortification at the mouth of the Kennebec River.

What I saw out of the corner of my eye as I was driving down the road leaving the Fort…I had to back up and take a couple pictures…

Time to check into the Best Western York Inn…lovely lobby but the room had a nice view. πŸ™‚

As I mentioned, I stayed in over the next two days just reading, watching shows on my tablet and playing games on my phone…It was a much needed rest from all the weeks activities. Before going home, I had another sail scheduled in Kennebunkport. I had booked this a few years ago with my friend but it was canceled at the last moment due to heavy fog. This time it was a go with a relatively small group of people. Two hours out on the water on a sunny July morning…perfect! This sailboat was the Pineapple Ketch and Captain Jim and his crew, Sky...excellent! We went by the Bush Compound at Walker Point, saw a lighthouse (one I wanted to see but now can’t remember the name!) and the home of many rich, famous people that “summer” in Kennebunk/Kennebunkport. George Bush was there…the Captain said you can tell when he is there because the Texas as well as the Maine Flag is flying…both were. We also spotted one of the lesser known brothers, Marvin, in the marina by the Nonantum Resort. Oh…the Nonantum Resort is where the Pineapple Ketch is moored. It is a beautiful resort…and I did a quick peek at their rates while I was waiting to board the boat…appears to start at about $500 a night and goes up from there…a little rich for my blood!

Here is a look at the Nonantum Resort grounds

After leaving the boat I headed toward home. At about 4:30 I decided to get off the highway because I was tired, it was close to dinner time and traffic was getting heavy. I pulled off in Seabrook, NH…been through it but never really stopped. I pulled over to find a restaurant for dinner and ended up at the Tuna Striker Pub…it was busy and I had to wait about 30 minutes but it was on the water, dining was outside and I didn’t want to continue the search. Food was delicious and the waitress was awesome! I did fall asleep while eating dinner and the waitress was kind enough to give me a gentle nudge to wake me before my face fell into my plate. While finishing dinner I decided to find a place to spend the night so I didn’t fall asleep driving home!

Here are a few from the Tuna Striker Pub and the view

Off to my room at the hotel for the night at the Best Western Hampton Inn, Seabrook…an okay room to sleep in and rest your bones!

Up and out the next morning by 10 AM and off to find breakfast….found a nice place – Linda’s Breakfast – in Seabrook. Really good food at a great price with a great and friendly staff.

And except for going home…this ends this wonderful road trip! I can go to Maine a million times and still never see the same things. It is a beautiful state with plenty to see and do whether you want water or mountains, you’ll find what appeals to you. Heck…they even have a desert up near Freeport, ME!

There are a number of day trips with Thelma coming up so stay tuned!

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See you on the road!— Love you all…thanks for traveling with me!!!

β€œIt is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

beauty, Lighthouses, nature photography, Ocean, sky, travel, Wild Birds

Back from another Maine adventure…

Rockland, ME to start

I am giving this one more shot but as an old dog I’m not sure I want to spend a lot of time learning this new trick so let’s see how it goes!

As is typical for me I was home from my trip to Maine with my sister when I got antsy and started planning again. I chose to go back to Maine because I knew there procedures and practices pertaining to Covid and since I was going alone, I felt I could more safely do the social distancing thing. I am a loner by nature and am not generally comfortable in crowded areas. New test done, came back negative and off I went!

This trip starts in Thomaston, ME which is a very small town next to Rockland. It was less expensive than staying in Rockland and still close to what I wanted to do. On the way up I did make a brief side trip to Arrowsic, ME to check out the Doubling Point Lighthouse…a very small lighthouse that looks much like Marshall Point Lighthouse. Alas, that night I loaded the memory card onto my laptop, went for dinner and when I got back went to sleep. When I woke in the morning, thinking I had loaded the images, I took the card out of the laptop, put it back in the camera and hit the format option and cleared the card. So dumb! So…it was a stop that you can’t see this time but I do go back! I know…I didn’t need to share this but heck…I did it so I fess up!

Unlike a typical trip where I don’t usually plan everything out ahead of time, I did plan out this entire trip before heading north. There were so many things I wanted to see I felt I had to be a little more disciplined this time. Morning one…be in Rockland before 10 AM for a sail on Penobscot Bay with Captain Bob on his beauty, A Morning in Maine. This trip was 2 hours to see the beauty of the bay as well as Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse (I had seen it by land…I wanted to also see it by water), and a peek at Owl’s Head Light. Not a lot of wind on this sail but it was so peaceful out there and Captain Bob is so knowledgeable! There were only 4 of us on the boat besides the Captain…another couple and a child so lot’s of room to spread out. The Captain did say that in normal times he would cancel a trip for only 4 but these are not normal times! I am so happy he didn’t cancel! I took pictures with the camera as well as the phone. The phone had a fish eye lens I attached and I have those pictures but sadly…once again I accidentally cleared the memory card thinking I had already loaded them onto the laptop. No, I’m not losing my mind but clearly I need to be paying more attention! Here are the few I had from my phone…and way off in the distance you can see the Rockland Breakwater Light and a sailboat! πŸ™‚

That little fish eye lens that I can clip on my phone is fun to play with but I wish I had the camera images!

After the sail and walking back to my car it was after noon so I checked out restaurants in the area. My daughter-in-law had told me about a place her step-dad had told her about and it turned out I was very close to it so off I went to Archer’s on the Pier. I think I found the last parking spot there. There is also a small park there so I checked that out after lunch. In no particular order…here is the restaurant and below is the park…

All through the fish eye lens…I did get a bit carrier away with that lens!  

Not ready to call it a day at 2:00 I decided to go for a walk around the park…besides all the water I saw a lot of flowers between the park and back at the harbor…I was surprised I walked that far! The flowers though were gorgeous! I would like those red and white flowers at my house!

Next I sat in my car checking my list to see where to go next and checking the rGPS app on my phone. I decided to go to Marshall Point Lighthouse in St. George. Though I had been there before I decided to go again…different season this time so it might look different…well, the area not the lighthouse. Sorry….I got carried away with the fish eye lens again…